Van Gaal slams Woodward over ‘zero understanding of football’

Date published: Monday 3rd June 2019 9:05

Louis van Gaal Ed Woodward Manchester United

Louis van Gaal has hit out at Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward for his “zero understanding of football”.

The Dutchman won an FA Cup in his final match in charge of United after leading them to fifth and fourth-placed finishes in his two years in charge between 2014-2016.

And Van Gaal thinks his replacement, Jose Mourinho, was appointed from a “commercially-driven perspective” as Woodward knows nothing about football.

“At Bayern, the people in charge are football men. I always appreciated that,” Van Gaal said in a German magazine.

“At Manchester United, on the other hand, Ed Woodward was installed as CEO — somebody with zero understanding of football who was previously an investment banker.

“It cannot be a good thing when a club is run solely from a commercially-driven perspective.

“I don’t hold it against the club. They wanted Mourinho and he was on the market.

“But appointing Mourinho was obviously interesting from a business point of view.”

He added: “He wins games. And for a club like United, the main thing is to win trophies.

“How they are won isn’t the main priority, the English fans see it differently.

“They accept that the game is not all about attacking but it is also about defending.

“I always tried to defend high up the pitch, to be in the opposition’s half and play the game there.”


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